And with global connections and the most
competitive cost of doing business on the
West Coast, Greater Portland is able to offer
the talent, infrastructure, and connectivity
that make the region a great place for business, and a quality of life that allows people
who live here to be skiing or surfing in just
one hour from the urban core.
The Portland region offers many advantages to workers and employers alike,
spanning from the downtown core and
Willamette River to outlying suburbs,
including Hillsboro, Beaverton, and
Gresham, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. This means that employers can
choose to locate where it makes sense
to their bottom line, while workers have
diverse career paths to choose from in the
private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
A TALENT MAGNET
Greater Portland has the advantage of
drawing on a talented and diverse workforce
exceeding 1.02 million. Greater Portland has
experienced a five-year population growth
rate of 4.8%, gaining 114,631 people from
2010-2014. The region is expected to gain
an additional 400,000 people by 2035.
Greater Portland’s workforce is educated
• Thirty-one percent of the workforce
holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.
• As a whole, 91% of the region’s workforce has at least a high school diploma.
• Portland’s workforce is experiencing a
year-over-year job growth of over 2%.
In looking to expand a company, the ability
to attract talent is of significant importance. Greater Portland is one of the most
significant talent magnets in the nation
with an annual net migration of more than
8,500 people who are 25 and older holding
Bachelor’s Degree or higher. Of the largest
50 U.S. metro areas, only Portland and
Seattle ranked in the top 15 for each period
analyzed—1980 to 2010—with the highest
rate of attracting and retaining young,
college-educated migrants. This means the
region consistently attracts desired talent,
even throughout “boom and bust” cycles.
Greater Portland supports a variety of industries in diverse areas. This list gives an idea
of major industries in the Portland region.
Greater Portland is a hub for innovation and a workforce
talent magnet. With a metropolitan labor pool growing at 6
times the national average, companies in Greater Portland
have an established recruiting base with deep pools of skilled
workers across all industry sectors to draw upon, notably
technology, software, clean tech, and active and outdoor
apparel and footwear.